“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” – Ambrose Bierce
The Christian study of geography and history is about understanding the world God has sovereignly decreed. What major events have moved human history from one era to the next? How are the peoples of the world divided into geographical regions? Who has God used to bring about great changes in the world? There is great benefit to a child learning by rote many of these basic facts.
Two great resources for both history and geography memory work include…
Living Memory: A Classical Memory Work Companion. This 452-page K-12 resource book by Andrew A. Campbell includes suggestions on how to do memory work utilizing basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Included are lists of major people and events key dates in American history, founding American documents, and memory tools for learning continents, oceans, nations, states, and capitals.
Foundations: A Weekly Grammar for Classical Communities – This kit includes week-by-week and subject-by-subject outlines for all memory work in each subject, including history and geography. Accompanying the outline are the Classical Acts & Facts History Cards. Consider also buying My Memory Work lapbooks to complement these memory tools.
History homeschool kits from Veritas Press – This includes enhanced CDs with memory songs and printable workbook pages: OT/Ancient Egypt, NT/Greece & Rome, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation, Explorers to 1815, 1815 to Present, or get all 5 at once.
What Every Child Needs to Know About Western Civilization – This is an overview of 14 major eras of history and how they are connected. It comes with a workbook, flash cards, Calendar Quest story, and Color the Western World coloring book to supplement.
The Presidents’ Rap – This CD is useful to learn all the Presidents of the United States in order.
History Songs – This CD from Audio Memory contains 11 songs teaching more than 100 dates and events of American History.
Bill of Rights Copywork – This e-book from Heritage Grove Academy combines history and handwriting together as children copy the Bill of Rights in either D’Nealian Manuscript or Cursive fonts.
Classically Catholic Memory – This four-year memory program for Catholic children includes memory of historical documents, famous speeches, and a timeline of historical events from creation to the modern day.
Wee Sing – Wee Sing’s series of CD include many subjects, including Wee Sing America, teaching patriotic songs, the names of all the states, the Pledge of Allegiance, great quotes from great Americans, a list of U.S. Presidents, and more.
History Memory Games – These games are akin to the classic game of Memory where students turn over and match tiles. Each game includes 64 matching tiles that depicts people, places, symbols, monuments and maps from different historical eras. Available for American History, Medieval History, and Ancient History.
History Go Fish Games – These go fish games feature 50 cards with famous people, landmarks, events, symbols from the specified time era. Available for American History, Medieval History, and Ancient History..
States and Capitals Songs – This CD and Map from Audio Memory teaches kids all U.S. states and state capitals (recommended by Veritas Press).
Geography Songs – This CD and songbook from Audio Memory helps kids memorize continents, oceans, and major countries (recommended by Veritas Press).
Learning Wrap-Ups – Wrap-ups are hand-held games the help to reinforce memory core subject facts. Available are individual wrap-up keys for learning states and capitals, as well as major cities, the location of states, rivers, lakes, national parks, and important landmarks.
Geography Games – These geography games are available for free.
Rock n’ Learn – A states and capitals song put to a catchy positive rap song for kids to utilize as a memory tool.